This map shows the rural nature of Hayling Island and the new housing developments on the east of the Island. It also shows the original route of the Hayling railway as authorised by the 1860 Act of Parliament, running on an embankment to the proposed docks near the Portsmouth - Hayling Ferry. The 1864 Act [...]
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Chris recently came into possession of this painting. Can anyone please help identify the artist? Initials AWG. Clues: The painting depicts the old road bridge with no sign of the new bridge being built. Period pre 1954. The locomotive number is 32640, a regular on the branch. Period BR era - post 1948. My guess [...]
Roger kindly sent in this image of himself and his father taken in 1953. The photo was taken as they passed under the swing bridge section of the railway. The old road bridge can also be seen in the background.
This ticket was issued between 1956 and 1960 when British Railways collected tolls on behalf of Hampshire County Council following the building of the new road bridge.
Bob Morley found this image on the internet. The original source is unknown.
A really surprising find within Alan Bell's collection at the Bluebell railway. This plan shows the existing (at the time) routes between Hayling and Langstone (in buff) and the proposed changes with the introduction of the road bridge (in red). Things to note: The end of what is now Langstone High Street leads straight onto [...]
This undated plan to modify the toll bridge was probably proposed around the time of the railway viaduct modification, circa 1924, following the formation of Southern Railway. These changes were not implemented and some 30 years later the bridge was replaced. The swing section on the toll bridge was to be retained as shipping still [...]
This proposal is dated 1924, one year after the grouping which absorbed the Hayling Railway Company and the London Brighton and South Coast Railway into the Southern Railway. This proposal was undertaken and, as testiment to its success, the concrete foundations remain in place today, 89 years later. Following closure, an attempt to remove one [...]